“SportsCenter” anchors Neil Everett and Stan Verrett are sticking around on ESPN for a while.
ABC’s sports network announced Friday that it has reached new, multi-year agreements with the co-anchors of the late-night hour of its flagship sports news program.
Everett and Verrett, who joined ESPN two months apart in 2000, will continue to host the 1 a.m. ET edition of “SportsCenter,” which launched from the Los Angeles studio in 2009.
“The on-air chemistry Neil and Stan have can’t be manufactured,” Rob King, ESPN senior vice president of “SportsCenter” and news, said in a statement. “It’s as authentic as it gets, and we look forward to having them as part of our team for years to come.”
Everett added: “When Stan said he was staying, then I had no choice. We are joined at the hip. Plus, it’s a great gig so I’m glad Stan decided to stay.”
“I couldn’t be happier to continue working on ‘SportsCenter’ here in Los Angeles,” Verrett said. “I have a dream job in a dream location. And I’m thrilled to continue working with Neil Everett every night.
“For the last six years, we’ve had a great time doing the show. And the opportunity to continue building on the relationship we’ve developed with viewers is fantastic.”
“‘Sportscenter’ is one of the most enduring franchises in the history of not just sports television, but all of television,” Verrett, a graduate of Harvard University, added. “It’s humbling and gratifying to be a part of its present and future, with a leadership team that is committed to excellence. I’m thrilled and excited for our future.”